Public Inquiries

Matthew has been ranked as a Band 1 Junior in Chambers & Partners since 2013. He is currently instructed as Lead Junior Counsel to the Infected Blood Inquiry and the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. Previously, he worked on the Detainee Inquiry, the Al-Sweady Public Inquiry and the Bloody Sunday Inquiry.

He is ranked as a Star Individual by Chambers & Partners and a Tier 1 junior by Legal 500.

Selected Cases

  • The Infected Blood Inquiry (ongoing): Matthew is presently Lead Junior Counsel to the Inquiry, which is examining the infection of NHS patients through the use of infected blood and blood products.
  • The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (2016 – present): Matthew is Lead Junior Counsel to the Inquiry in one of its investigative strands and has advised on wider issues of public law. He has facilitated public seminars on overseas approaches to preventing child sexual abuse and exploitation, and on the domestic criminal justice system.
  • The Al-Sweady Public Inquiry (2010-2012): Matthew was part of the team representing more than 500 soldiers in a public inquiry into allegations of the mistreatment of detainees following a battle in Iraq.
  • The Detainee Inquiry (2011-2012): Matthew acted for the Inquiry, which examined allegations of complicity by the UK in the rendition, torture and mistreatment of detainees overseas.
  • The Bloody Sunday Inquiry (2002-2009): Matthew worked as an historian on the inquiry into the events of 30 January 1972, in which thirteen people were killed following a civil rights march in Northern Ireland. He worked with Counsel to the Inquiry and the Tribunal.
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